The Baggage Battle
Knowledge is power it is true. Read your airlines baggage restrictions and carry on policy. Even if you use one of those airlines with FEES you are usually allowed 2 carry on bags per person. This is one small suitcase (they provide the dimensions) and a personal item such as a purse for a lady or a back pack for a man. Make use of this free space but be sure you know the rules, including what you can carry in them. I am always amazed at how clueless people are. When it says 3 oz or less they mean it. No you cannot bring a 16oz bottle of shampoo just because it is unopened and it cost you $ 29.99. If you are checking several bags I strongly suggest you split up your belongings equally between the bags. Have a complete change of clothes in each, then if one of your bags gets lost (does that really happen?) you will not be stuck with a bag full of shirts and socks while your pants and underwear are still flying the friendly skies. On some occasions I have decided against a large carry on for fear it will slow me down if I have connecting flights with little time in between. In this case I still carry at least a change of socks and underwear in my purse. Most hotels can get you a toothbrush and razor, one more day in your jeans won’t hurt you. I also like to put as much as possible in very large zip lock bags because during heavy rain and snow the suitcases can get very wet. Also if TSA picks your bags to search, you are less likely to lose things. I always save the nice clear zipper bags my sheets and blankets come in they work great. I put my zip code and post office box number in permanent marker on the bags as well. When you claim your baggage at the carousel if you notice any damage you must report it before you leave if you want the airlines to replace your bag. They will fill out a report and then you can follow up when you get home.